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Aperitivi: Italian Rose Tasting

News Release: June 13, 2019 
About: Ciao Asheville presents Italian Aperitivo Rose Tasting
 
Ciao Asheville is pleased to announce our signature summer event. We will be presenting four Italian rose wines for tasting along with light Italian appetizers for an authentic Sunday afternoon Italian "happy hour" aperitivo! This event will take place at a gorgeous outdoor location here in Asheville (location and directions to be provided when you reserve and pay). We will be serving a variety of aperitivo foods including bruschetta, cheese, prosciutto, and fruit. This is a great way to kick off your Sunday dinner plans the Italian way!  
 
Sunday, July 21, 3:00-4:30pm. 
 
Cost is $20 per person which includes tax. 
 
Please note that Ciao Asheville events often sell out so reserve early. 
Call (828) 575-9525 with credit card or shop online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/italian-rose-tasting/.    
 
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
ciao@MetroWinesAshweville.com
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Il Postino Film Discussion

 

Registration HERE!

Film Discussion of Il Postino on Sunday, June 30th starting1pm @MetroWines. The event and popcorn is on the house. A glass of Italian red or white wine is $7. Robert Formento, Film Coordinator for Ciao Asheville will lead the discussion. Robert has extensive knowledge of Italian Films. His brief synopsis of Il Postino is here:

Il Postino

Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet-diplomat and politician. Probably best known for his passionate love poems, he also served a number of diplomatic positions in Chile, but because of his politics (he was a communist), he got himself into trouble with the Chilean government and was exiled to The Isle of Capri in Italy in the early 50s. (Tough exile!)

 

The movie, Il Postino, takes place after Pablo Neruda arrives. It is a story about Mario, a bumbling mailman, who’s madly in love with Beatrice, the most beautiful woman on this island. . . . but is too shy to tell her how he feels. With Pablo’s help, he finds the right words to win her heart. 

 

Il Postino was nominated for 5 Oscars in 1994 (Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Music Score and Best Picture) Those viewers who loved the movie, Cinema Paradiso, will be pleased that Philippe Noiret (who played Alfredo, the movie projectionist) also plays the role of Pablo Neruda in Il Postino. Mario is wonderfully played by Massimo Troisi. Although not well known in America, Troisi was very well known in Italy for his comedy films. Sadly, Massimo died one day after major filming was completed. The movie ends with a simple dedication, “To Our Friend Massimo”.

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July Rose' Tasting

News Release: Monday, June 10th, 2019

About: July Great Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
 
Join us for the monthly Great Rose' Tasting on Saturday, July 6th from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines.
 
6 bottles of Rose' from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" all day.
 
"Some Rose' works for porch sitting, parties and nearly every recipe," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And Rose' is pure joy in a bottle!"
 
Event pricing on featured bottles of Rose' at the tasting!
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Trip to Cotes du Rhone

Tickets HERE!
 
News Release: Saturday, July 8th, 2019
About: Guided Trip to Cotes du Rhone
 

Do you look for unusual travel experiences? Then consider joining Roots and Tradition tour by Provence Detours in June 2020 to one of France’s secret destinations, the county of Drôme in the Côtes du Rhône region of southern France.

Let Sylvie Delaunay take you on an intimate discovery of her native land. Sylvie has been conducting tours to her region for five years. The 10 day tour will let you marvel in the county’s beauty, delight in its gastronomy, meet the people who call this land home. 

A presentation of the region, followed by details of the trip is scheduled Sunday, June 23, 2019  4pm @MetroWines on Charlotte Street. Wine and cheese will accompany the presentation. Space is limited. To RSVP and for more information contact Sylvie at france26120@gmail.com.

The event is "on the house" @MetroWines.

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Gustavo Gonzalez, Mira

This was not a structured interview, just bits and pieces I picked up while Gustavo chatted with us and the dinner guests. Hee we go:

Gustavo Gonzalez, Winemaker for Mira, dropped in @MetroWines today. Not to make this personal already but my favorite restaurant in this country is Bistro Jeanty (https://bistrojeanty.com) in Yountville. Guess where the new Mira Winery will be built? Come on, just guess. Just south, I mean steps, south of the Bistro. How cool is that?
 
Meanwhile, let's start with the basics. What's the name, Mira, all about? Mira is the Latin root word for "miracle." Mira means peace in Russian, luck in Spanish and Sicilian and beautiful in Hindi. The label has a story too. The graphic encircled on the label is the 12th letter of the ancient Germanic alphabet signifying the harvest.
 
Gustavo is not just the Winemaker, he is also the artist who designed the label and the thinker who thought up the name Mira. "Everybody takes part in the process," says Gustavo who started the winery with two friends with other skills, "and I wanted to bring a little intellectual touch to our presentation." Well done Gustavo!
 
Mira started in 2009. Gustavo had been Winemaker for Robert Mondavi and had worked at Ruffino in Italy as well as at wineries in Burgundy, Argentina and, wait for it, Brazil. What?? The winery in Brazil only exports to the UK. Gustavo's goal for Mira is to put "all this experience from around the world into the bottle."
 
The dinner started with a Chardonnay paired with an oyster "dressed" as we say back home. Gustavo says, if you were to pick one off a vine, the Chardonnay grape does not look like anything special nor does it have much taste. That is what the Winemaker does, "build the grape." Same with Pinot Noir. The grape neither has much color or taste right off the vine. "It does not show what it has." The Winemaker has to "coax it out."
 
Jimmy D's Red Blend is smooooooooooth with raspberry, black cherry, violet and spice aromas and flavors. Gustavo mostly only works with 100% varietal wines, but here he has blended Petit Verdot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Nice.
 
The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon shows plum, coffee beans and velvety tannins. We were surprised by the capability of this wine. The pairing partner featured asparagus. Notorious for being a pairing nightmare, asparagus is said to only play well with a few wines including Gruner Veltliner. We are a long way from that grape here. Now it could have been that the asparagus in this dish were surrounded by meat and mushrooms and the respective juices took over. But, I don't know, asparagus usually busts through the barrier to clash just for the fun of it! Not here. All systems GO.
 
With vibrant red fruit with pencil lead undertone, the Cabernet Franc was the star in the lineup. Even Gustavo says: "I love this Cabernet Franc!" The brutal truth here is that there were only 100 cases to begin with and there are only three bottles left @MetroWines! Call now!
 
Fun Fact: Gustavo is left handed. He says many people in the wine industry are left handed. Who knew? But I can tell you that over, way over, 50% of the people who have worked here have been left handed. We need a study on this phenomenon.
 
Serious Business Fact: Gustavo Gonzalez is considered by many, including us @MetroWines, in the wine world to be "a winemaker's winemaker." These wines certainly proved the legend. 
 
And on top of it all that, Gustavo was a really genuine guy. No attitude. No prevention.  He did and does the name "Mira" proud.
 
Shop Mira 
 
All About Gustavo and Mira here: https://miranapa.com

 

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Hopler a HIT!

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Christof Hopler was delightful! He shared the story of the winery and why their wines are so special. And indeed they are extraordinary. 
 
Of course, we asked Christof about the rumor that Hopler provides wine to kingdom royalty as well as food royalty. Turns out it is all true. Hopler supplies Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver with his Gruner Veltliner and Dry Riesling (which BTW was DRY and very appealing). And, Hopler Gruner was on the table at a recent State Dinner hosted by Prince Charles of England! All ture.
 
You can share in the majesty!! on Thrusday. Hopler Gruner and Rielsing will be on the shelf @MetroWines. Surprisingly very affordable. The British subjects can feel good that the boss served an excellent price to quality wine and did not waste their pounds, not this time at least!
 
Hopler is a family winery located in Burgenland, Austria. 
 
"Hopler produces food friendly wines," says Gina Trippi, co owner of MetroWines. 
 
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Mira Dinner, Calabria, Celine&Co. Dinner, Rickety Bridge, MidCentury Kitchens, Steele, Moringa, Pink Pegau, Summer Whites, Sauvignon Blanc, Decorating with Books, Klinker Brick, Focus Group!

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Mira Wine Dinner with Winemaker!
at Smoky Park Supper Club

Thursday, June 6th at 6:30
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
mira-dinner-at-smoky-park-supper-club


*** This is BIG. This is Mira! ***
And this is Coming Up! Call Now!

Call Smoky Park at (828) 350-0315

Event Posted on Carolina Epicurean!
https://carolinaepicurean.com/2019/05/mira-wine-dinner-at-smoky-park-super-club/

Calabria is Back!
More Specifically, "Ippolito" is back in the House.

In 1845, Vincenzo Ippolito stamped his initials on a country house that sat amongst vineyards,
olive groves, and orange trees in the heart of the Marina of Ciro. With a 160+ year history, Ippolito is Calabria’s oldest winery. Located in the historic center of Ciro Marina, the heart of Calabrian wine-growing, the company maintains a farm amongst rolling hills and sunny plains near the Ionian Sea.
The company’s mission is the restoration and enhancement of indigenous grapes.

More about Ippolito from Wine Spectator
https://www.winespectator.com/articles/calabrian-wine-rocks

marechiaro
Mare Chiaro (clear sea) is 100% Greco Bianco, a grape indigenous to the area at the Ionian Sea.
This Calabrian white has an explosive nose full of fresh flowers and bright citrus.
All steel tank, no oak to preserve freshness and fruit. Organic.
Note: For Sauvignon Blanc Fans looking to step outside their comfort zone,
this is a good choice. Fresh, snappy, flavorful.


LIBER

100% Galioppo aged in French Oak.
Ruby red in color with a light purple hue, complex aromas of wild berries, violets,
spice and a soft note of oak provided by barrique aging. A full-bodied, rich and velvety wine.


Wine Dinner at Celine and Company

"Asian Fusion with a French Kiss"

Wednesday, June 12th, 6:30
Grapevine Distribution and MetroWines


Check Out This Menu!
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/wine-dinner-at-celine-and-company

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The Jude Law Retro Shirt Look
https://www.wsj.com/articles/this-retro-shirt-will-make-you-look-like-
jude-law-this-summer-11558461045?mod=newsviewer_click

This is probably for the more Avant Guard Dad.
Let's pair the present with a wine that is a little outside the Dad comfort zone.


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Rickety Bridge 2017 Pinotage, $26
Rickety Bridge is a boutique wine cellar situated just on the edge of Franschhoek village
in South Africa. With just an hour or so drive from Cape Town, the vineyard is a favorite
with tourists to Franschhoek with its picturesque setting and great quality wines.
This classic pinotage is produced from vines in the Swartland region. A smooth Pinotage showing some earthy characters and underlying dark berry flavors and a hint of bramble. It's So Dad.

From The MetroWines Book Review Department
Since We Are talking Retro Shirts and Wine Here:
Let's Move Inside with "The MidCentury Kitchen"
by Sarah Archer

The Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s Cover Image

Nearly everyone has experienced cozy, welcoming kitchens packed with conveniences
that we now take for granted. Sarah Archer, takes us through a simpler time,
shows how the 1950's prosperity kicked off the technology and design of today's kitchens.
While contemporary appliances might look different and work better than those of the 50s, the midcentury kitchen has yet to be improved upon. During the consumerism of midcentury America when families were ready to put their newfound prosperity on display, companies from General Electric to Pyrex to Betty Crocker were there to usher them into a new era. Counter heights were standardized, appliances were designed in fashionable colors, and convenience foods took over the family table.
The Midcentury Kitchen captures the spirit of an era-and a room-where anything seemed possible.

Your Read It With Wine?
A California Chardonnay but of course!  

Steele Cuvée Chardonnay 2016 Photo
A blend of fruit that is 48%Santa Barbara, 43%Sonoma and 9%Mendicino,
this bottle showcases what Jed Steele does best, blending grapes from various vineyards!

 

    Jed says: With the exception of the Lolonis vineyard fruit (which was stainless steel fermented and then barrel aged for 4 months). Our cuvée is fermented in barrel (20% new) and aged sur-lees for about eight months. Stirring the barrels regularly aids in the completion of malo-lactic fermentation, yielding complexity, depth of flavor and aroma. The Santa Maria vineyards add a tropical fruit character to the wine, flavors and aroma of mango, pineapple, and papaya. The Sonoma vineyards attribute citrus character and acid to the cuvée. The Mendocino vineyard, Lolonis, has a flavor profile that leans toward apples aromas of apple crisp and cinnamon. $21

 

The Moringa, a chewy green plant in Africa,
may be the next Superfood

https://www.wsj.com/articles/thats-not-sand-its-superfood-11558706692

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What's is all about? The leaves are usually served as vegetables. Looking like giant string beans,
but tasting somewhat like asparagus with a touch of horseradish, they are highly nutritious.
For one thing, they provide a good balance of all the essential amino acids.
That alone is unusual in a plant food, but these pods also possess one of the highest vitamin C levels of any tropical vegetable, not to mention goodly quantities of vitamins A and B. And beyond all that they are among the best sources of minerals. Most parts of the plant are not only edible but nutritious.


Tasty but tricky to pair.  Let's GO Rose
Specifically, 2018 Pink Pegau, by Laurence Feraud, France


The Winemaker:
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The Wine
80%Cinsault, 10%Carignan and 10%Grenache. Pink Pegau features a deep pink salmon color,
bright and clear. With an aroma that is more like a red wine than a rose, Pink Pegau opens
with aromas of peach and red currant. On the palate, find flavors of grapefruit and berries with notes
of "garrigue." Fresh acidity and long finish. This rose could even handle grilled meats!


What is garrigue? Wine Spectator says: 

“Garrigue” isn’t used that often as a wine descriptor, but all the examples I’ve ever seen
have used it with a positive connotation. As I’ve written before, garrigue refers to the low-growing
wild vegetation in hills of Mediterranean coast, including juniper, thyme, rosemary and lavender.
It’s not just a single note, but the sum of them together.
Let’s say I’m trying to describe a wine, and I pick out a lavender note. Sometimes that note is so distinctive that I’ll just say “lavender” or “dried lavender,” if there’s that added touch of dried leaves. Sometimes the lavender note is less focused, so I might just use “floral” instead.
But if it’s mingled with a fresh herbal, minty note, that’s when I will use “garrigue”.


*** Summer Whites ***

Scaia Garganega & Chardonnay 2017 $12.99 (Italy)

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The name Scaia is a local colloquialism referring to parmesan cheese crumbs which
resembles chalky area soil. A blend of 55%vGarganega and 45% Chardonnay from Veneto. 
After harvest and cold maceration of the whole bunches, the press is filled with a layer of nitrogen, forming an oxygen-free barrier during pressing that concentrates flavors. The wine is then aged in stainless steel with weekly stirring of the lees until bottling. The resulting wine is lush,
fruit forward and highly aromatic and perfect for summer.

Tasting Notes: Aroma of white flowers of acacia, jasmine as well as pineapple, grapefruit and orange, apple, pear and mango and a light note of bananas. Flavor that are fresh and pleasant thanks to
its sustained acidity. Well balanced softness and tanginess, making it inviting and intriguing.


Samorens Cote du Rhone $12.99 (France)

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Variety: 35% Roussanne; 30% Viognier; 25% Grenache Blanc; 5% Clairette; 5% Marsanne
Winemaker’s Notes: This bright, pale-golden wine opens to aromas of white fruits and flowers.
On the palate, it is nicely balanced with freshness provided by the Clairette
while the Grenache gives it body and a gentle softness.

 

Straight-UP Sauvignon Blanc

Delaille Val de Loire 2018, $14.99
Kermit Lynch Import


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Sauvignon Blanc vines set amongst the picturesque hillsides of Cheverney set stage for a delicious series of IGP wines from Domaine Delaille. A contemporary of Sancerre and other Loire Valley favorites, this wine packs juicy citrus and tropical fruits with bracing acidity.

Let's reintroduce Kermit Lynch:  "Raised in San Luis Obispo, his name has become synonymous with quality French and Italian wines. In 1972, with a $5,000 loan and a vision, Kermit Lynch, a writer and musician, opened "Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant" with 35 cases
of wine stacked on the floor. With a preference for Old World wine, Lynch became a retailer, distributor, and importer for authentic wines that express their terroir. His influence endures and he can claim success introducing the wine world to many small, artisan producers. 

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"Think of this one as a baby Sancere."


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Peter Yealands 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.99
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Presents notes of citrus blossom and passionfruit, underpinned with aromas
of fresh herbs and lemon zest. The palate is full and lively with tropical fruit that
is balanced with a long, crisp mineral finish. Yealands Estate maintains an absolute commitment
to sustainable wine production from vine to bottle. Yealands has already achieved
a high industrial sustainability rating and has also been awarded carboNZeroCert™ status,
joining a select group of wineries around the world who have earned this recognition.

 

Decorating with Books

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Interest in books, although not necessarily to read, has exploded. The concept
of a collectiondates back to the 1820s in Britain. Hotels, offices, Restaurants are using
books to make a statement as well as bring interest and color to their establishments. And companies are stepping up to meet the demand. Books By The Foot, sells books by subject, color (robin's-egg blue is popular), even by titles that being "fresh" to mind like
"Whispering Willows" and "Modern Enchanted Forest."

And yes, you can buy a stack of wine books! Check it out:
https://www.booksbythefoot.com/shop/pc/Wine-4p70.htm

We can help you complete the shelf with the perfect bottle to enhance any collection.
As you know, we pair with anything!
Let's say you have chosen the wine book collection. Might we suggest a bottle that is
not too ostentatious or, shall we say, overly value minded but shows that you
are a keen shopper who finds excellent quality to price ratio bottles.


Klinker Brick "farrah syrah," Lodi 2015, $22

2015 Farrah Syrah

The 2015 Syrah exhibits aromas of currant, baking spice, cacao and smoky oak
with subtle earthy and floral notes. The palate is greeted with bright and vibrant flavors
of blackberry, anise and exotic spices. Supple tannins and superb balance lend structure
to this full-bodied Syrah with a long, lingering finish. And it looks nice on a

 

The Asheville Wine Focus Group
"Manager's Special"




Wednesday, June 12th from 5:30 to 6:30
@ and ONLY @metroWines
Call (828) 575-9525 

online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/wine-focus-group-june-12/

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Leah Chase Goes Cooking on High Up

Leah Chase, the famed Creole Chef, passed away at 96. Over the decades, Leah served everyone from Presidents to janitors. We loved Leah. Subscribe to our email for wine pairings with some of her most loved and "cooked" recipes  posted on Sunday, June 9th!

From the Dooky Chase Website:

Leah Chase

Known as the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” Leah Chase has fed Quincy Jones, Jesse Jackson, Duke Ellington, Thurgood Marshall, James Baldwin, Ray Charles, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and countless others as Executive Chef of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant — one of the best-known and most culturally significant restaurants in New Orleans. Leah Chase has more recently served as the inspiration for Princess Tiana in Disney's Princess and the Frog. 

Born on January 6, 1923 in New Orleans, Chase was one of 14 children. She was raised in the small town of Madisonville, LA. There were no high schools for black children, so after sixth grade, Chase moved to New Orleans to live with an aunt. After completing high school, Chase had a colorful work history including managing two amateur boxers and becoming the first woman to mark the racehorse board for a local bookie. Her favorite job, though, was waiting tables in the French Quarter. It was here that she developed her love for food and feeding others. 

In 1946, she married local musician Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr., whose father had opened a street corner stand selling lottery tickets and his wife’s homemade po’boy sandwiches. Eventually, Leah and Dooky Jr. took over the business, which by then had become a sit-down restaurant and a favorite local gathering place. 

In a town deeply divided by segregation, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant was one of the only public places in New Orleans where mixed race groups could meet to discuss strategy for the local Civil Rights Movement. Although such gatherings were illegal through most of the 1960s, Dooky Chase’s was so popular; it would have caused a public uproar if local law enforcement had interrupted the meetings. Black voter registration campaign organizers, the NAACP, backdoor political meetings and countless others often found a home at Dooky Chase’s, and Leah cooked for them all. 

Chase is also a patron of black art and her collection — displayed on the walls of her restaurant — was at one time considered New Orleans’ best collection of African American art. To this day, she serves on the board of the New Orleans Museum of Fine Arts and has even testified before Congress to lobby for greater funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. She has participated in countless political campaigns and has used her culinary talents and celebrity to raise money for a myriad of charities and services. Her cookbooks, including The Dooky Chase Cookbook, And Still I Cook, and Leah Chase: Listen, I Say Like This, are popular and have received great praise among her most famous colleagues. 

Chase has received many awards, including multiple awards from the NAACP, the New Orleans Times-Picayune 1997 Loving Cup Award, the Weiss Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Outstanding Woman Award from the National Council of Negro Women. Chase was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2010. She was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2000. Chase received honorary degrees from Tulane University, Dillard University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Madonna College, Loyola University New Orleans, and Johnson & Wales University. She is also the recipient of the Francis Anthony Drexel Medal, the highest award presented to an individual by Xavier University of Louisiana. The medal is not presented annually. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana named a permanent gallery in Chase's honor in 2009. She also serves on many boards, including the Arts Council of New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Urban League. She is member of the Women of The Storm and the International Women’s Forum. She has four children, sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. 

Many are attracted to her warmth and mastery of culinary arts, that to this day still excite the minds of those she serves. Ray Charles sang about her, and National and International Presidents have sought her out, but in all her ability to excite the palates of Leaders she has remained steadfast in her ministry to all.

** Recipe for Creole Shrimp Gumbo **

Ingredients

1/2 cup peanut oil

4 tablespoons flour

1 cup chopped onions

1 pound small white shrimp (30/40), peeled and deveined

8 ounces Creole hot sausage, cut into bite-size pieces

8 ounces smoked sausage, cut into bite-size pieces

8 ounces beef stew meat, cubed

8 ounces smoked ham, cubed

6 chicken wings, cut in half

1 tablespoon file powder

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon salt

2 dozen oysters, with their liquid

1/4 cup chopped parsley

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground thyme

 

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over low heat and add the flour to make a roux, browning until golden about 3 minutes. Add the onions and cook over low heat until the onions wilt about 4 minutes.
  2. Put the shrimp, sausages, stew meat and ham in a 5-quart pot over medium heat. Pour the onion mixture over the ingredients and add 3 quarts water, the chicken wings, file powder, paprika and salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes or until broth reaches desired thickness.
  3. Add the oysters, parsley, garlic and thyme. Lower the heat and cook until the shrimp is pink, about 10 minutes more, before serving.

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.

 
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Silver Oak Dinner at Market Place

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SOLD OUT

 

News Release: Thursday, May 30th, 2019

About: Silver Oak Wine Pairing Dinner at Market Place
 
The Market Place and MetroWines present "A Dinner with Silver Oak Family Wines" on Thursday, June 27th starting 6pm at Market Place, 20 Wall Street in Asheville. The evening will be hosted by Jeff Flood from Silver Oak.
 
Five seasonally courses paired with five award winning wines from Silver Oak and Twomey Winery. A sparkling wine will start the evening at 6pm as we gather to be seated for dinner at 6:30.
 
"A set of tickets to dinner would be a great gift for Father's Day," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
 
The evening is $75 not including tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling Market Place at (828) 252-4162. All featured wines will be available for purchase at a special event price and available for pick up @MetroWines.
 
Market Place Says: We are a group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, organizers, ranchers, brewers and dishwashers who share a common philosophy about how we eat and in a larger sense, about life.

We believe in the importance of working locally, not just using ingredients from our surrounding area, but also in our contribution to the community. The success of our restaurant has always been closely entwined with the health and progress of our community. For 35 years we have supported the arts, local-needs and education programs.

Our clients have returned over the decades, we hope in part because we have always tried to treat them as family… and friends. Some might say, our food tastes good, perhaps even memorable. Each day, we do our utmost to prepare and present fresh food in a creative manner with a craftsman’s hand. Working in the most sustainable way possible is important.

The Market Place has been a fixture in downtown Asheville since 1979. Though it’s beginnings rose in the streams and mountains of western North Carolina – a place of mountain trout and small farms – it also has a hand and heart inspired by traditions far from our borders. This mélange of local food prepared with other worldly traditions of the table may have helped the Market Place garner national attention but the keen reverence for the heritage and roots of Appalachia has always remained at the center of what we do.

About Silver Oak:

Silver Oak complements winery-owned fruit with grapes from top independent growers throughout the Napa and Alexander Valley appellations, giving our winemaking team access to the highest-caliber fruit to make Cabernet of the finest quality.

“We have yet to make our best bottle of wine.” This is a saying we have at Silver Oak that embodies our commitment to quality, continuous improvement and excellence. Our pursuit of making our best bottle of wine continues as in 2015 we became the sole owners of a Missouri-based cooperage we proudly call The Oak Cooperage.

No detail goes overlooked in our pursuit of excellent wine, and that includes cork quality. Associate Winemaker Christiane Schleussner pioneered the use of the “dry soak” method with a team of researchers from Cork Supply USA, and this method has given Silver Oak one of the lowest cork taint rates on large-format bottles in the wine industry: 0.53% cork taint versus the 4% industry standard.

Bottle shock is real. It takes a full-bodied red wine 12 months to fully recover and show the full expression of fruit that it had before bottling. We give wine more time in the bottle, and the end result is a food-friendly, moderate-alcohol (13–14.1%) Cabernet that is drinkable upon release.

More About Silver Oak: https://www.silveroak.com

 

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi 

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Great Rose' Tasting, Hopler (Austria) Tasting, Mira Dinner at Smoky Park, Borealis, Curator, Focus Group, Wine Dinner at Celine&Co., Diner a la Maison and Anibals Rose', Artichokes and Vermentino, Sarkozy, Shoes & Bordeaux, Murder, Neil deGrasse Tyson & Wine, Paitin, Ciao Asheville!

*** Great Rose Tasting ***

Saturday, June 1st
from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines!

No reservations needed. No charge. No reason not to join us!

As always, 6 Bottles of Rose from Around the World.
Event pricing on Featured Bottles!

*** This Just In and Coming Up ***
Hopler (Bergenland, Austria) Wine Tasting
Hosted by Hopler Owner and Lead Winemaker


*** Christof Hopler ***

Hopler is a family winery in Bergenland Germany
that is winery to some of the biggest names in food including
Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Gordon Ramsey!


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from 5-6:30 @MetroWines
"on the house" @ and ONLY @MetroWines!

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Mira Wine Dinner with Winemaker!
at Smoky Park Supper Club

Thursday, June 6th at 6:30
** Hosted by Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez **

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
mira-dinner-at-smoky-park-supper-club

John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"The Cabernet Franc from Mira is one of the best anywhere."

Call Smoky Park at (828) 350-0315
Event Posted on Carolina Epicurean!
https://carolinaepicurean.com/2019/05/mira-wine-dinner-at-smoky-park-super-club/

Sour is on the RISE!
Ligaya Mishan writes in the New York Times Magazine:
Sour is ascendant! Sour is booming in candy, cocktails and food.
And home fermentation is back! Basements are full of loaded jars again.

But, in terms of wine pairing, sour is a tough customer.
As always, pairing depends on the details of your recipe but generally speaking....

The easiest wine pairing with sour is contrast, that is, fruity or possibly a touch of the sweet,
to balance out the sour. think of the classic sweet and sour sauce. The food pairing is in the sauce itself!
So let's pair a bottle that will sidle past the sour and smooth out the experience.
Borealis has the slightest touch of sweetness. Pairing it with the sour,
you will not taste the sweetness, you will taste balance.


Review: Montinore Estate ‘Borealis’ NV
BOREALIS, $16.99
38% Muller-Thurgau, 32% Gerwerztraminer, 19% Riesling and 11% Pinot Gris

Flavorful and multi-dimensional, this perennial crowd pleaser is a blend
of the winery's favorite cool-climate whites.
Crafted to display the unique qualities of each variety, heady scents of orange blossom,
ripe honeydew, guava and kiwi offer a vibrant introduction to this aromatic blend.
The palate is sumptuous and round, bursting with stone fruit, Meyer lemon
and juicy pear drizzledwith caramel. Clean, bright and uplifting finish.

Warm Weather PartEEEE!
From Badenhorst, Curator is organic, sustainably farmed and part of the bio diversity project.

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A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon from Swartland in South Africa.
On the nose, find beeswax, lemon zest, lime and fresh peach. The palate is peach with hints of honey,
yellow apple, and citrus peel. Full fruit but still DRY with a peach, lemon-lime finish.
Excellent value selected Washington Post #2 best bargain wine of 2018!

Curator is $9.99 @MetroWines!

The Asheville Wine Focus Group
"Manager's Special"


These are wines that our new manager, Zach,
thinks should be in the shop.


As always, YOU DECIDE!
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Wednesday, June 12th from 5:30 to 6:30
@ and ONLY @metroWines

Call (828) 575-9525 
online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/wine-focus-group-june-12/

Wine Pairing Dinner at Celine and Company
on Broadway in Asheville

"Asian Fusion with a French Kiss"

Wednesday, June 12th, 6:30
$75 (including tax and gratuity)

As Featured in Carolina Epicurean
https://carolinaepicurean.com/2019/05/wine-dinner-
at-celine-and-company-asian-fusion-with-french-twist/

Diner à la MaisonFrom The Metro Wines Book Review Department
Diner a La Maison

By Parisian Designer, Architect and Bon vivant Laurent Buttazzoni
In this guide to hosting chic French stye dinner parties,
you will find recipes to table settings
and an interaction by frequent guest, Sofia Coppola.

Review: https://www.rizzoliusa.com/book/9780847864706/

YOUR "READ IT WITH WINE"
As the recipes are influenced by local culture and include local ingredients:
read: all very different.
Let's go with a versatile wine with wide ranging pairing potential.  


Cuvee Annibals 2018, $16.99
A blend of 70%Cinsault, 10%Syrah, 10%Grenache, 5%Ugni Blanc and 5%Rolle.
Popular every year, Annibals is limited.
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And your Winemaker:

Located in the heart of the Provence verte region, Chateau des Annibals,
founded 1772, spreads over 75 acres.  Chateau des Annibals is a pillar estate of the region.
Nathalie Coquelle, owner and winemaker, has dedicated herself to sustainability.
The estate is farmed organically and run using 100% of renewable energy sources.

ARTICHOKES

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David Tanis of New York Times City Kitchesn tells us that an artichoke is not a vegetable,
it is a flower that we eat just before the purple bloom bursts.
Eric Asimov, NYT Wine Critic steps up to pairthe artichoke calling it a vegetable.
OK, let them fight that one out. A rose is a rose. Let's move on.

Conventional wine wisdom says a chemical in artichokes can make wine taste sweet.
This is especially true if you choose an oaked wine. 
OK. So select an un-oaked, dry Vermentino, Etna Bianco or Sauvignon Blanc,
Manzanilla Sherry, Txakolina or our choice, Vermentino from Sardegna.


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2018 Parpinello Vermentino, Sardegna, Italy, $15.99
Elegant and fine aromas of ripe tropical fruits, with an intriguing hint
of bitter almonds and a lovely spicy finish. 13% ALC
The Parpinello family have passionately run this winery for three generations.
Giampaolo Parpinello and son Paolo strive to maintain the respect for the typicity of the wines
from the Sardinian terroir. The vineyards are situated on a gentle slope between Alghero and Sassari,
in the North-West of the island. The most modern winemaking technology is successfully combined
with traditional farming and respect for the environment. The result is high quality wines
with aroma and flavor, recalling those of the area from which they originate.

Bring ON the Artichokes!

*** Father's Day ***
We Got This But Good

Louis Sarkozy, the son of Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France,
has created a line of shoesinspired by a few of his "brainy heroes"
including Marie Curie, Sigmund Freud and Thomas Jefferson. 

https://www.tatler.com/article/louis-sarkozy-launches-shoe-collection-boonper
Add a bottle of Bordeaux and you have an unbeatable gift!
Domaine de Galouchey
2015 Vin de Jardin Bordeaux, $34


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A blend of 65%Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3%Carmenere,
2%Petit Verdit, 1%Sauvignon Blanc, 1%Sauvignon Gris, 1%Semillon and 1%Muscadelle


John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says of this bottle:
"The wine is rich. The white grapes add a complexity and smoothness
not usually found in a red Bordeaux."

MONEY. MAYHEM. MURDER!

By Very Popular Demand
HIGH Sell-Out Risk. Shop NOW!


Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
takes you through the darkest side of wine from the Borgias in Italy
to the present day in North Carolina.

Tickets: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/money-mayhem-murder-all-3-classes/
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Some suggestions for you!
In an interview with NPR, Tyson said:
"I'm a sucker for cosmically conceived wine names and labels."

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/22/486066690/
astrophysicist-wine-lover-foodie-the-neil-degrasse-tyson-you-didnt-know

To meet your interest in cosmically conceived labels, we suggest 2017 Les Heretique
(label from last vintage but the picture was so good and, anyway, the label is always the same.)

The Bottle and Cosmically Influenced Label:
The Wine: 

A blend of 90%Carignan and 10% Syrah produced with biodynamic methods, organic and unfiltered.
The Carignan vines average 40 years in age, with some of them being over 100 years old.
The fruit is sustainably farmed and harvested partly by hand and partly by machine.
Half of the Carignanis vinified traditionally--destemmed and fermented in used barrel
and macerated with skins for 30 days, half as whole clusters with carbonic maceration.
Wines are blended with Syrah and aged in a combination of steel tank and neutral oak vats.

History figures prominently in this label from Château d'Oupia. "Les Hérétiques"
is named in recogntion of the Cathars, a heretical Christian group once based in the Languedoc
but wiped out by order of Pope Innocent III in 1208 in response to the murder of a papal representative
by a Cathar supporter near Minervois. The castle, home to Château d'Oupia in Minervois dates back to this time.

The Winemaker:
(Interlude) Tyson takes some pretty controversial positions in the wine world like this one:
"And the fact is, let a grape hang without intervening and you’re not getting Jamet Côte-Rôtie.
You’re getting salad dressing."
  
YIKES
Neil deGrasse Tyson has a well documented love and, as you might expect, extensive knowledge of wine.
Apparently when he’s not working on unlocking the secrets of the cosmos, he’s trying to understand
the secrets of Gouges, the enigmatic grand cru wines of the Nuits-Saint-George region of Burgundy.

http://palatepress.com/2014/05/wine/learned-wine-neil-degrasse-tyson/
Jerome Chézeaux Nuits -Saint George, 1st Cru Les Vaucrains
from Neil Rosenthal Wine Merchants, $74

Image result for jerome chezeaux 2012 vaucrainsSomewhat reticent right now, swirling reveals dark red and black fruits that build in intensity
along with classic hints of earth (sous bois), creating a rustic and brooding style
that has a lot of structure in its youth.
A very classic and traditional representation of this famed vineyard site,
although this one will need some time to show at its best.
************************************
(More Value minded, relatively speaking, of course.)
Cote de Nuits Villages 2016, Domaine Gachot Monot, $41
Kermit Lynch Import


Domaine Gachot-MonotDamien Gachot sources grapes from the village of Corgoloin in the southern end of the Côtes de Nuits
presenting a wine with the velvety character of the Côtes de Beaune while maintaining the structure
and finesse of the Côtes de Nuits. Soft fruit. Exotic spice. The genius of the winemaker is found
in his ability to balance traditional philosophies in the vineyards and respect of terroir 
with more contemporary methodologies in the cellar. His style gracefully manages to achieve approachability
without sacrificing authenticity, typicity, or age-ability. sustainable farmed. Hand picked. 18 months in barrel.
And, either bottle, together with the story,
would make a great Father's Day gift! 

First: The Bad News!
Shop Favorite Paitin Serra Barbera is out with the importer.
But: The Good News is that this is a good time
to move on up to another shop favorite
the Paitin Campolive Barbera D'Alba Superiore, $25


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In the steepest, sandier and warmer part of Serraboella, one century ago there was olive trees,
now only the name survived along the generations and some old roots can recall that moment. 
In this area the Barbera has a unique expression for roundness, deepness and aging ability.
Lavender, mint, plum, violet and dark spice add considerable nuance throughout.

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MetroWines and Gan Shan on Charlotte Street

News from Gan Shan:

 

 
 

**AGAIN, THE BIG NEWS!**
A reminder that we'll be closing for lunch at Gan Shan Charlotte St. starting June 1st. New hours mean we'll now be open 7 days/week from 5 PM onward.


Again, a message from Patrick:
 
Change and growth are inevitable and necessary in the restaurant industry. To celebrate our first five years in business, I am ready to shift our focus to expanding our dinner menu with exciting new offerings and re-visiting our all-time most popular dishes. We very excited about these changes as they will allow us a restaurant "facelift" and re-focus on a larger menu with fun takes on familiar dishes. We are taking these steps to be better than ever. I'm sure you all will agree.
 
What to look for:
  • New hours: Sunday - Thursday 5pm to 9:30pm, Friday/Saturday 5pm to 10:30pm
  • Expanded menu with new dishes and cocktails
  • Updated wine list
  • Refreshed aesthetic and decor
  • Outdoor field lighting
  • New Promotional Nights
  • And more...

Catering and Event Space

Our developing catering menu will have exciting new offerings. We recently debuted some of these foods at the Preservation Society's Croquet in the Park event for which we were thrilled to provide the food. These menus can be catered to individual desires/needs and in the coming weeks we will be posting on our website and have information available in the restaurant. 

Gan Shan Station will be available during the day to host private events and meetings in our unique space, all of which can be catered if you choose. We are already planning on teaming up with our Charlotte street neighbors Metro Wines to expand upon their extremely popular wine education classes as well as other wine-related events. If you have a neighborhood event or meeting that you would like to hold in our space, please reach out as we'd love to have you. This allows us to expand further upon our mission to nourish and build community and it is my sincere hope that our neighbors use us as a fun space to host their meetings, lunch parties, or whatever may come up. 

Lunch
Don't worry, you'll still be able to get you fix of Gan Shan foods for lunch across town at our West Asheville location. Our hours won't be changing there and it is built for speed and deliciousness. 

Thank you all for supporting us. We're so excited about this change and hope you are also. Please contact us with any questions and we look forward to having you in for the last couple weeks of lunch. 

With much gratitude,

Patrick

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Hopler Wine Tasting @MetroWines

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News Release: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

About: Hopler Winery Wine Tasting @MetroWines
 
Please join us on Tuesday, June 4th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a wine tasting hosted by Lead Winemaker from Hopler Winery "on the house."
 
Hopler is a family winery located in Burgenland, Austria and is winery to some of the biggest names in food including Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller of French Laundry, Baby Flay and Gordon Ramsey!
 
"Hopler produces food friendly wines," says Gina Trippi, co owner of MetroWines. "We look forward to food pairing suggestions!"
 

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525

 

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Decero Seated Tasting

News Release: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

About: Decero Seated Tasting@MetroWines>
 
Please join us on Tuesday, June 25th from 5:30 to 6:30 for a Seated Decero Tasting hosted by Stephanie Morton Small, Chief Commercial Officer for Decero. At least 4 Decero wines will be poured and paired with small bites. 
 
 
"This is the second event hosted by Stephanie @MetroWines,"  says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "She is an extraordinarily competent speaker who makes the world of wine both interesting and exciting!"
 
More about Stephanie Morton Small: 
Experiencing wine at some of the greatest estates of France during time spent in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Aix-en-Provence was the seed from which Stephanie’s career in wine grew. After graduating from University of London, time in the UK wine trade was fast followed by nearly a decade in international sales and marketing roles based in Australia and further consolidated by an MBA.

Having been a Director of a group of some of the finest and well established wineries in Australia, Stephanie was attracted to moving away from the “established” to start something “from scratch”. The long-term vision of Thomas Schmidheiny and the quality of every aspect of Finca Decero, from the ground up, formed a unique attraction which caused Stephanie to move to Argentina in 2007.

As Finca Decero’s Chief Commercial Officer, Stephanie manages the full commercial side of Finca Decero and has consistently managed the business from start-up development, launch, to ongoing sales and marketing of all Finca Decero’s wines including the most recent fly-away success of ‘The Owl & The Dust Devil’.  Through an exceptional network of importer and agency partners and having attracted an array of fine 

 
More about Decero: http://www.decero.com
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Wine Dinner at Celine and Company

News Release: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

About: Wine Dinner with MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution at Celine and Company
 
Please join us on Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30, for "Asian Fusion with a French Kiss" at Celine and Company, 49 Broadway in the Historic Broadway Arts Building in Asheville.
 
The innovative menu will be paired with wines by Grapevine Distribution. All featured wines will be available for purchase that evening at an event price with convenient pickup @MetroWines. 
 
The cost for this unique experience in this vintage, urban venue is $75 including tax and gratuity. Call Celine and Company at (828) 254-9902 for reservations.
 
More About Celine and Company: https://celineandcompany.com
 
The Menu:

Celine and Company, Metro Wines and Grapevine Distributors

Wine Dinner Collaboration

Celine and Company “On Broadway”

Wednesday June 12, 2019

Asian Fusion with a French Twist

Passed Small Bites as everyone settles in…

Steak Tar Tar on Crispy Wonton, Tamari and Pickled Ginger

Gruyere Toast with Charred Crimson Onions

Filipino Lumpia with Sweet Chili Glaze… Kale, Edamame and Shredded Tofu

Mille Prosecco

First Course

Duck Confit Bao Bun

Roasted Exotic Mushrooms, Rainbow Carrots, Crushed Peanuts

Yin Yang Sauces… Carrot Coulis and House Made Hoisin

Amity White Pinot Noir

Second Course

Korean Style Bouillabaisse

Coastal Shrimp, Octopus, Clams and Mussels

Korean Paprika and Caramelized Kimchi Broth

 Annie’s’ Bakery Baguette, Roasted Garlic Aioli

 Bargemon Rose

Third Course

Char Grilled Rack of Lamb 

Fresh Mint, Ginger, Toasted Cumin, Mellow Smoked Chili Oil

Sticky Rice and Seared Baby Bok Choy

Novelty Hill Syrah

Fourth Course

Roasted Fresh Strawberries

Lychee Sabayon and Sesame Tuille

 

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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French Twist, Klinker Brick, 1448, Skeleton Gruner, Classes, Asparagus and Tinto Rey, Murder, Book Review and C'est la vie, Italian Hand Gestures, Schiava, Lillet

*** LAST CALL ***

French Twist
French Fare. North Carolina Flair.


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Wine Pairing Dinner

at The Princess Anne Hotel
301 East Chestnut, One Block off Charlotte Street.

*** May 23rd starting 6:30. $125  ***

Support Charlotte Street Neighborhood
and Women Chefs!

Chef Amber Whitt combines her Classic French Cuisine
with North Carolina Flavors.


Menu and Details: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/french-twist-at-princess-anne-hotel


Klinker Brick Wine Dinner
at Bone and Broth with Chef Chris Benson



Wednesday, May 29th, 6pm
$75 including tax and gratuity.
Call with credit card to (828) 575-9525
or shop online here: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
klinker-brick-dinner-at-bone-and-broth
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Spring Essential "Do it All" Big RED

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Jeff Runquist, Winemaker 
Sierra Nevada Mountains, $17.99


 "1448" is deep and dark in the glass with bright and beautiful hues
and an edge of magenta. The aromas lead with blue and black fruits,
most notably black raspberry, along with blackberry and mulberry
and wafts of sweet vanilla, hazelnut, violets and lavender.
Plenty of ripe fruit framed by a toasted oak creaminess on the palate.
The tannins are mature and add richness and texture. 

Spring Essential "Do it All" White
Skeleton Gruner Veltliner 2017
Liter Bottle Means 13 More Wine!


$9.99 @MetroWines.
$12.99 at Wine.com and unavailable!


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Winemaker's Notes: Fresh, fruity, and above all, food-friendly,
our Grüner Veltliner shows off the charms that make this grape
Austria's favorite white wine varietal. A racy wine with explosive fruit flavors,
a light mineral undercurrent, and a full, expansive finish.

Spring Essential "Do It All" (lighter) Red
Langhe Rosso 2016 Blend $16.99


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One of the singular best values in European table red, this brilliant blend of Barbera,
Nebbiolo and Dolcetto sings with wild berries, cherries. Piedmont, Italy


Vajra’s Langhe Rosso is a blend of mostly Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera,
with pinches of Albarossa, Freisa and Pinot Noir for added complexity.
A translucent garnet in the glass. Vibrant aromas arise of black currants, black tea,
tobacco, and tar. The palate brings cherry, loganberry, and cassis fruit.
Rosso is a great lighter meal, red table wine. Put a little chill on it!
Good three years in bottle.


Asheville School of Wine May Classes
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines

** Much Maligned Grapes: Riesling **
"Not always sweet. Not even always German. But always cool!"

https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/much-maligned-grapes-riesling-on-may-21/
Tuesday, May 21st, 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines

** Wine Essentials **
READ: SECRETS. What they don't want you to know
and they know who they are!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/wine-essentials-class/

Follow Andy Hale and The Asheville School of Wine here:
https://www.ashevilleschoolofwine.com

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** ASPARAGUS **
The story of this painting has endured: Manet sold Charles Ephrussi 
"A Bunch of Asparagus" for 800 francs. But Ephrussi sent him a 1,000 francs,
and Manet, who was a master of elegance and wit, painted this asparagus
and sent it to him with a note saying: "There was one missing from your bunch".

Asparagus is a vegetal vegetable! The chlorophyll green flavor, while making asparagus delectable,
flat out clashes with a lot of wines. And, the green giant has compounds like asparagusic acid,
causing many wines taste metallic and harsh.
Generally wine speaking, avoid tannic reds or oaked whites. Select an unoaked wine
that offers citrus and herbal flavors. You might consider a Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé
from France’s Loire Valley, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, Alsace Riesling
or even and un-oaked Chardonnay from a cooler region like the Willamette Valley.

OR, You Know. Yes You Do. ROSE

Asparagus tolerates great temperature variations: growing in the Imperial Valley
of Southern California where temperatures can reach 115° F to Minnesota 
where temperaturescan plunge to -40° F. Asparagus grow in a wide range of soils and climates. 
In this country, the bulk of asparagus come from Central Valley, California.

Let's go with tradition: what grows together goes together!

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Tinto Rey 2018 Rose, Zamora, 
(upper Central Valley) California, $11.99

An Estate Bottled Blend of 53% Tempranillo, 31% Tannat and 16% Verdejo
Winery Tasting Notes: The 2018 Tinto Rey Rosé has a beautiful pale coral color
from the co-fermentation of Tempranillo, Tannat and Verdejo.
Enticing aromas of white peach and nectarine lead to flavors of cream cola and sassafras
that are balanced by a lively, tart cherry finish. There is some weight to this pretty wine
and a bright finish with a lingering hint of tangerine.


MONEY. MAYHEM. MURDER!

By Very Popular Demand
HIGH Sell-Out Risk. Shop NOW!


Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
takes you through the darkest side of wine from the Borgias
in Italy to the present day in North Carolina.


Tuesday, June 13th, 20th and 27th
$30 per class or $75 for the Series

Reserve your seat at (828) 575-9525
Shop Online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/
product/money-mayhem-murder-all-3-classes/

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From The MetroWines Book Review Department
Ruth Reichl, multiple James Beard winner and best selling author,
talks about her decade as Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Magazine.


This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world
and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants
became an important part of popular culture, a time when farm-to-table
changed the way we eat. Meet legendary chefs like David Chang
and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace,
and a group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl's leadership,
transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication.
This was the golden age of print media. Perhaps the last spendthrift gasp
before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plumsis a personal journey of a woman
coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion
and holding on to her dreams even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Your Read it With Wine, $13.99
This book is about independence, courage, confidence, 
stepping outside your comfort zone and well, that's life.


C'Est La Vie Pinot Noir Syrah

Winery Tasting Notes: 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Syrah. Bright, modern, and clean fruit
make up this friendly red. Versatile with or without food, this unique blend is sure to entice.
It has a clear ruby color, with a purple tint; fragrant nose of ripe cherries and raspberries;
dry, medium body; ripe berry flavour with a touch of spice; balanced acidity.

Ciao Asheville 
Presents
"Italian Hand Gestures"
with Roberto Stragiotti

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Wednesday, June 19th from 5:30-6:30
@MetroWines and ONLY @MetroWines
$10 for the presentation, a glass of Italian Red or White Wine


*** and a LOT of Fun! ***

Call (828) 575-9525
Online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/
store/product/italian-hand-gestures/

Reserve NOW. Very High Sell Out Risk.
Seating is Limited


Follow Ciao Asheville here:
https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/


And Register to Learn the (Verbal !!) Language
The Low Pressure Way with UNCA Professor Dr. Valeria Tezzon
HERE: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/
italian-language-classes-10-class-series/

Best "Put a Chill on it Red" from Alto Adige

@MetroWines on Tuesday!

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Can you say Schiava?
Wine Folly says: Schiava is kind of like breathing in a bouquet of roses
while getting a massage from Strawberry Shortcake. Shockingly, this wine hasn’t been
on radar for years because it’s so elegant, and light.

Winery says: This indigenous grape variety had its first documented historical mention
at the end of the Middle Ages, and it has played a central role in Alto Adige/Südtirol winegrowing
since the sixteenth century. Schiava presents aromas of sweet cherries, red currants,
raspberries and strawberries. Added to this, there are often tones of almonds and violets.
The Schiava grape produces a light wine low in tannins, with moderate alcohol content,
low acidity and individual character that is typical of the area.

Good Pairing? Shiso enhanced dishes! Say what? Asheville Tailgate Markets are bursting
with this mint family herb, AKA Perilla. A dark purple, the taste is often described as
a marriage of Basil and Cumin. Some say you might also detect a whiff of Cinnamon and Anise.
Add to mushroom dishes, soba noodles, stir fry and eggs or any combination thereof!

** SMACK DOWN: Lillet vs Aperol **

You Knew This Day Had to Come.
NYT takes the challenge and compares Aperol to Lillet
After several rounds, NYT calls the Smack Down for Lillet!
Usually, we side with Italian over French, just because...
But this time, NYT might be right.
NYT suggests Lillet and Fever Tree Tonic.
Lillet? Yeah we got that! We got both!


Lillet Blanc

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NYT is in good company on this one. 

The 'Vesper Martini' is the famous drink made with Lille
ordered by James Bond in both the book and the movie Casino Royale. 
The recipe for Bond's "Vesper" martini, as described in the 1953 book:
"Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Lillet. 
Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel."

Lillet is a blend of 85% Bordeaux region wines (Semillon for the Blanc and Rose',
Merlot for the Rouge) and 15% mascerated liqueurs,
mostly citrus liquers (peels of sweet oranges from Spain and Morocco
and peels of bitter green oranges from Haiti).
The mix is then stirred in oak vats until blended.
During the aging process, Lillet is handled as a Bordeaux Wine. 

Remember: Shaken. Not Stirred!

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Mira Dinner at Smoky Park Supper Club

News Release: May 20, 2019

About: Mira Wine Dinner at Smoky Park Super Club
 
Join MetroWines on June 6th, 2019 starting 6:30 at Smoky Park Super Club, 350 Riverside Drive, for a Mira Wine Pairing Dinner hosted by Mira Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez. 
 
5 courses prepared by Chef Michelle Bailey will be paired with award winning, hand crafted, natural wines from Mira. Gustavo Gonzalez spent 17 years at Robert Mondavi, achieving the title of Head Red Winemaker and consistently receiving Wine Spectator ratings of 95+. He is also responsible for the 2001 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana which received 100 points rating and was described by James Suckling as " perhaps the best Tuscan red ever"! He has worked at Vineyards all over the world and brings a distinct level of expertise, achievement and passion to all of his projects at Mira.
 
"Pairing these wines with Chef Michelle Bailey's exceptional cuisine will be an experience not to be missed!," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines.
 
Limited seating available. The evening is $60 (not including tax and gratuity). Please call Smoky Park Supper Club to reserve your seat with a credit card: (828) 350-0315.
 
 
Press: 
 
MENU:

Course 1

Fried oyster, smoked remoulade, celery, lemon, chive

Course 2

Local arugula, black tea vinaigrette, crispy goat cheese, blueberry, raspberry, charred spring onion

Course 3

Smoked NC pork loin, buttermilk biscuit, strawberry bacon jam, cucumber/watercress slaw

Course 4

Wood-grilled Apple Brandy strip loin, asparagus, roasted mushrooms, green peppercorn jus

Course 5

Miniature lemon pie, saltine crust, smoky whipped cream, lemon ash

 
Executive Chef Michelle Bailey will create an innovative menu featuring wood-fired cuisine. Born in Memphis Tennessee, Michelle has called Western North Carolina her home for the past 22 years. She has over 14 years experience in the kitchen including her most recent position at the Season's Restaurant at Highland Lake Inn.

More about Smoky Park: https://www.smokypark.com

About Gustavo Gonzalez:
For over 20 years Mira winemaker and cofounder Gustavo A Gonzalez has been practicing his craft in the Napa Valley and around the world to critical acclaim. Gustavo has worked in California, Italy, France, Argentina and Brazil, establishing vineyards and producing wines in areas that never have before. 
His local knowledge and global perspective bring a highly experienced and creatively expansive approach to Mira’s vineyard practices and wine making techniques. Gustavo has a long and decorated history of making exceptional wines both at Robert Mondavi Winery and around the world. He was responsible for the 2001 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia “Masseto” Toscana which received 100 points from Wine Spector. In fact, James Suckling of The Wine Spectator described the 2001 Masseto as “possibly the best Tuscan red ever.”
In his 17 years at Robert Mondavi Winery, Gustavo earned the title of Head Red Winemaker and established the Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as one of the leading Napa Valley Cabernets, consistently receiving Wine Spectator ratings of 95 or higher. He produced the best Sauternes style wine of the new world and raised the Pinot Noir program to cult status.
In Mira’s infancy Gustavo’s reputation provided us with unmatched access to the finest blocks of grapes in some of the Napa Valley’s premier vineyards including Hyde Vineyard in the Carneros AVA and Schweizer Vineyard in the heart of the Stags Leap AVA. In a recent blind tasting of eight of the world’s top wines from Bordeaux and the Napa Valley, the 2012 Mira Schweizer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon took the top slot for Cabernet from the Napa Valley besting Screaming Eagle, Schrader To Kalon and Shafer Hillside Select. 
With his superb craftsmanship and attention to detail, Gustavo has quickly established Mira as one of the top producers of small production single vineyard wines from the Napa Valley. In just the past year, Mira has received 90 plus ratings on 11 different wines highlighting both the breadth and quality of the winemaking. Gustavo grew up with a love for winemaking that was developed through his family, and his interest in wine as a career stemmed in part from their agriculture business. 
Simply put, in Gustavo’s mind wine was a way to be creative through agriculture.Gustavo believes that there is always something new to learn in the pursuit of making the highest quality wine. Every vintage is different, and you have to understand how to adjust to those differences. His experience allows him to do that at a higher level, in Napa, a place with the unique combination of optimal climate and exceptional soils. Working in an area that creates some of the finest grapes in the world, his goal is to allow the innate spirit of those fruits to shine through in the wines Mira produces.
He takes great pleasure in the response from those who enjoy savoring Mira wines, but is even more excited about where we are headed and what the future holds for Mira. With the soon to be completed winery and tasting room at 6170 Washington Street just south of the town of Yountville in the heart of the Napa Valley, Gustavo sums it up simply, “the best is yet to come.”
 
About Mira:
 
 In 2009 entrepreneur Jim “Bear” Dyke and winemaker Gustavo A. Gonzalez launched Mira Winery and began to acquire some of the best blocks from leading vineyards exclusively from the Napa Valley. We were determined to build a broad portfolio of single vineyard 100% varietal wines with production limited to the grapes from each block. Wines that were interesting, balanced and a true reflection of their place, varietal, and season.
Mira has small blocks of Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc at Hyde Vineyard in the Carneros AVA of the Napa Valley and produces a vineyard designated wine from each block.Mira’s two small Cabernet Sauvignon blocks at Schweizer Vineyard one of the oldest continuously planted vineyards in the StagsLeapAVA of the Napa Valley, ferment in three specially designed 5 ton French Oak fermentation tanks. Mira’s 2012 Schweizer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is the first vineyard designated wine from the historical property released in 2016 quickly proving to be one of the Napa Valley’s leading Cabernets.
In the spring of 2018 we planted small blocks of Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris and began construction of our new winery and hospitality house on our 16 acre property at 6170 Washington Street just south of Yountville. 
In June of 2019, on Mira’s 10th anniversary, we will open to visitors by appointment. Our new winery will allow us to further our hands-on small block approach to winemaking. Visitors will have a vine-to-bottle and beyond experience that reflects hundreds of years of wine making history in a facility inspired by early settlers of the Napa Valley and could have been built by George C. Yount himself.
Albert Einstein famously said there are two types of people in life. Those who don’t believe in miracles and those who believe everything is a miracle. Mira has other meanings but we chose it because it is the Latin root of miracle. Many miracles are unexpected but in our case we have been believing and building it everyday for 10 years. We couldn’t be more excited about the future as we continue our quest for perfection.
 
Contact for MetrowWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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AB Tech Locker

MetroWines supports the AB Tech Locker with donations from our Customers.  Thank you GM for your contribution!

What's it all about?

The Locker is a professional clothing closet that offers free men's and women's business attire to A-B Tech students and the Asheville community. Sponsored by A-B Tech's Phi Beta Lambda chapter, The Locker includes an assortment of seasonal clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national business organization that strives to guide and promote professional development. In opening and operating The Locker, Phi Beta Lambda hopes to serve the community by supporting professional growth.

Gently used business clothes are donated to The Locker by businesses and individuals in the Asheville community. Phi Beta Lambda welcomes all members of the community to donate unwanted professional attire for all seasons to their project.

The Locker is located in Birch 106. To set up an appointment, donate clothing, or for more information about The Locker or Phi Beta Lambda, contact Marlene Frisbee at 828-398-7247.

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June Great Rose' Tasting @MetroWines

News Release: Friday, March 17th, 2019

About: The Great Rose Tasting for June @MetroWines
 
Please join us on Saturday, June 1st from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines for the all day Great Rose Tasting. Six bottles of Rose made with various varietals in different styles from countries around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house." 
 
"Last month, the big hit was a Rosfrom Spain followed closely by a Rosefrom Austria made with Blaufrankisch," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You never know what you might find that you like!"
 
All featured bottles of Rose are event priced all day on June 1st.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Italian Hand Gestures!

 

Tickets HERE!! (HIGH Sell Out Risk)

News Release: May 14, 2019
About: Learn Italian Gestures with Ciao Asheville!
Everybody knows it – Italians are masters at talking with their hands! But do you know what all those hand gestures mean? Want to know how to order a beer instead of a glass of wine in Italy just by using a hand gesture? Or let your waiter know that your meal is fantastic?

Ciao Asheville presents a fun and animated journey into learning about and understanding Italian hand gestures with Italian native and Asheville resident Roberto Stragiotti. Roberto will give us a demonstration and lend some history to hand gestures, along with some useful cultural information. “Travelers to Italy will benefit by knowing about gestures and actually using some while you are there”, adds Roberto.   

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 5:30-6:30 at Metro Wines. $10 for the talk, which includes a glass of red or white Italian wine.

Please note that Ciao Asheville events often sell out so please reserve early.

Call (828) 575-9525 with credit card or shop online:  https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/italian-hand-gestures/

Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
ciao@MetroWinesAshweville.com
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Focus Group: Natural Wines from Sour Grapes

 

Customers had been asking about the "Natural Wine" trend so we set the stage at Group to taste and learn.
 
Katerina Dordelman of Sour Grapes took us through the world of "Natural Wine" first explaining the differences between this style, organic and biodynamic.
 
Much time and work goes into making a "Natural Wine" which essentially means no manipulation of the wine, no additives or deletions, no nothing! The product is vine to bottle. All this labor means the process is not for big grocery store national brands. 
 
Natural Wines are mostly made at very small wineries from very carefully chosen grapes. And that means these wines tend to cost a bit more. That also means that a naturally made Pinot Noir, or any other grape, will taste quite different than most Pinot Noir Wines on the shelves. One of Group suggested that these wines be on a rack by themselves as it is difficult to compare "Natural Wines" in taste or price to their new world counterparts. We agree and will do.
 
Four wines were presented and, while there was agreement on the first and last wine, opinions ranged widely on the other two wines. 
 
The first wine was an Aligote, Qu'est-ce queen Crest Aligote?, from Burgundy, France. Most liked the minerality to this wine and some thought it was good to find a French Chardonnay alternative at such a reasonable price. Almost everyone liked this wine and thought it should be in the shop Done.  
 
This Aligote was also a good example of how "Natural Wines" can appear a little cloudy. This is because these wines are unfixed and unfiltered. Remember, nothing is done, no additives, no deletions! Katarina suggested this wine pairs nicely with Thai food and told us that it has been on the menu at Little Bee Thai. And people thought this wine might be a transitional wine for beer lovers. Makes sense. 
 
Next up was a Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Atena Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Casablanca, Chile, by Couvelier in Chile. The wine presented less acidity than some had come to expect in a Sauvignon Blanc and was disappointing to some for that reason, but others (me included) found that aspect to be a positive. Nevertheless, most enjoyed this wine and thought it was very drinkable on its own. A possibility for our all new "Natural Wine" Rack!
 
The next wine, 2016 Atena Pinot Noir, Valle de Casablanca, Chile, by Couvelier, presented was where the rubber met the road. Over the 16 months that we have hosted Focus Group, staff and Group have disagreed on a few wines but not like this one! The Pinot Noir made by Couvelier was divisive, you were all in one way or the other. Overall, Group did not care for a natural version of Pinot Noir. But staff (including me) loved it! We thought is was very similar to a high end naturally made Oregon Pinot Noir at a third of the price.
 
The last wine, 2017 Anella Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Spain, was the winner of the overall preference in taste and best quality to price ration. Again, staff disagreed but Group bought every bottle we had to sell! And that is what we are here for at Group: what YOU want. 
 
The bottom line is that "Natural Wines" DO, for the most part, taste differently than new world wines. Often, "Natural Wines" are described as "raw" and there is a sense of the wines being unrefined, a bit wild, not smoothed out to please every palate, somewhat unfinished. 
 
For me, I would say there is a historic quality to the wine that appeals to me. When you think about, as we speculate in our emails, what Caravaggio might have had in the flask or what was on Vermeer's table, THIS is what IT was. Real wine. Vine to bottle. No manipulation. No nothing.
 
Wine, and especially "Natural Wine," is one of those links that binds us to the past. Thank you Katarina for a special night.
 

And Katarina had a great time and has already agreed to return in October!

Extra Info: HERE!

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